Hunters Coach: Game plan same for Bears game

first_imgMarum’s men will know not to take the Bears lightly after a come from behind win against the Sunshine Coast Falcons in round 23.The Hunters fought back to force a 28-28 draw against the Mackay Cutters last weekend.“Nothing has changed. We just need to cut down on our errors,” said Marum.The Hunters still have a chance to take the minor premiership provided they beat the Bears and 7th placed Redcliffe Dolphins cause an upset over first placed Townsville Blackhawks.But Marum added the focus is not on the minor premiership but rather on taking things one game at a time and maintaining their form going into the finals.“Training has been good this week. The boys are excited about our last game in Port Moresby and want to keep our winning record up,” said Marum.The round 25 clash kicks off at 2:30pm.last_img read more

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Dennis Rodman arrested on suspicion of DUI in California

first_imgDennis Rodman speaks with fellow US basketball players during a team meeting at a Pyongyang, North Korea, hotel Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.  APNEWPORT BEACH, California, United States — Police say former NBA star Dennis Rodman has been arrested on suspicion of DUI in Southern California.Lt. Rachel Johnson of the Newport Beach Police Department says Rodman was pulled over late Saturday for a traffic violation.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Johnson says officers administered a field sobriety test, which Rodman failed. She says he submitted to a Breathalyzer test and blew over the .08 legal limit.Rodman was released from custody Sunday morning. Johnson didn’t immediately know if he had an attorney.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAn email seeking comment from Rodman’s representatives was not immediately returned Sunday. /cbb Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Hotshots stalk leaderlast_img read more

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UP Accused of Deliberate Attempt to Subvert Democracy

first_imgNEC Lawyer Musa Dean presenting at the hearing at NECConcerns over the historic transfer of power from Africa’s first elected female president, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to her successor, may not be resolved soon if technicalities surrounding alleged October 10 frauds and irregularities reported by some political parties continue to overwhelm investigations.What is obtaining is that the alleged October 10 irregularities and frauds’ cases at the National Elections Commission (NEC) are overburdening the NEC and the Supreme Court because of what many see as too many demands that the two bodies may not able to contend with and, as a result, may not realize the dream of electorates, except patriotic sacrifices are made.Pleading for the ruling Unity Party (UP), Cllr. H. Varney G. Sherman has persistently called on the NEC to produce pieces of evidence against itself until progress into their intervention case can proceed. While the NEC is yet to honor that request, the remaining 51 days of the Year 2017 might not be enough time to conclude the matter and complete the runoff elections.NEC is yet to dispose of a total of 56 cases before it that have arisen from the October 10 polls. Yet, Sherman has filed a motion to the hearing office of the NEC to order the Commission to bring forward all journals and presiding officers’ work sheets in the October 10 elections.He has argued that Cllr. Frank Musa Dean, NEC’s lead lawyer is in cohoots with the Commission to allegedly hide all documents with evidence of wrongdoing in connection with the October 10 polls.UP, which failed to take advantage of the election law to “file complaints within seven days after the conduct of elections,” later succeeded in gaining access the process to intervene in the Liberty Party’s case, by means of what observers have described as ‘technical means and legal intimidation.’The UP’s intervention case has now overshadowed almost all other hearings into the alleged irregularities and frauds while the landmark case of the Liberty Party is yet to be looked into by the Commission since it was reassigned to the Commission’s hearing body based on appeal.Meanwhile, Sherman, along with his team has vowed that it does not matter how long it may take if the adjudication of all cases emanating from the entire electoral process is to be completed. “We don’t care even if it takes years. All we want is justice,” Sherman boasted.Counter-arguing in for the NEC, Cllr. Frank Musa Dean said the UP’s attempt is to subvert democracy and return the country back to its dark days, though he did not explain what he meant with reference to the ‘dark days.’“Your Honor, Mr. Hearing Officer, I plead that you throw this UP intervention case out and deny them the chance to any further hearing. They are crying more than LP who claimed to be the principal bereaved party in the October 10 elections,” Dean said.Concerning UP’s request of the hearing officer to invite all other political parties who participated in the October 10 polls to explain their grievances about the process, should there be any, Cllr. Dean noted that UP wants to cause a deliberate delay until time for the much anticipated presidential transition is lost.“It is not about us here only but also the millions of our fellow citizens who depend on the structures put in place to shape the destiny of this country. We must stop playing technicalities and the unnecessary politics if we mean well for this country we call our own,” Cllr. Dean cautioned.Why the threat to the historic peaceful transition?On October 29, the ruling Unity Party held a press conference and accused its standard bearer emeritus, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, of not supporting the party but the opposition party. The press statement, which was read by its national chairman, Wilmot Paye declared Madam Sirleaf “an ingrate and a troublemaker,” even though they have presented her before as a darling angel.The All Liberian Party (ALP) of businessman Benoni Urey and the Alternative National Congress (ANC) of former Coca-Cola executive Alexander Benedict Cummings and the Liberty Party (LP) of Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine also supported the UP’s action against President Sirleaf and they are presently in a well-organized political alliance.Responding yesterday to the Daily Observer at the ongoing hearing at the NEC, Madam Melinda B. Charles, the executive director for Women and Children Development Association (WOCDA), said the women of Liberia want justice for all, but not to the detriment of the country’s democracy.“We are happy that this time around there is no war. The justice system is good for all of us but playing games or technicalities with the very justice system may carry us backward,” Madam Charles said.“The women of this nation fought for this peace and we want peace forever,” she continued. “All the parties involved in the ongoing elections cases should work hard and save time to allow President Sirleaf turn over power to whoever is elected between Sen. George M. Weah and Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.”Many Liberians are wondering how the state of affairs will be, should President Sirleaf not be able to turn power over to her successor at the end of her term.If Senate Pro Tempore Armah Jallah is not constitutionally qualified to take care of the government until elections are held then it means that the country will have to go back to transitional government arrangement, many Liberians have speculated.Senator Jallah’s tenure as Pro Tempore will end in January 2018 when President Sirleaf leaves office. And this gives room for the predicted constitutional crisis that many Liberians and observers have alluded to, which has been rejected by the opposition Congress for Democratic Change, (CDC).Since the previous two presidential elections were successfully conducted with significant help from the international community, many Liberians are worried that Liberians are failing to execute an election that “only Liberians are managing.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Human skull found in Linden suspected to be African male – pathologist

first_imgThe human skull which was discovered in the vicinity of the Mackenzie-Wismar Bridge in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) has been examined by Government Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh.The human skull which was found in LindenAccording to E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) Commander Linden Lord, the pathologist, in his findings related that the skull is suspected to be that of an African male who might have been over 25 years old. He further related that the findings suggest that the head would have been separated from the spine at some point, but not cut off, owing to its composition. The cause of death is undetermined given the state of decomposition. However, Commander Lord noted that the pathologist’s findings suggest that the skeletal remain might have been exposed to elements of the weather for several years.It was also noted that what had appeared to be a crack in the skull was due to a normal impression caused by the brain. The Divisional Commander indicated that Police are currently in the process of combing through missing persons records from all the stations in Linden over the past five years.The Commander opined that the skull might have been the remnant of someone who had gone missing and might have drowned. The skull was on Thursday discovered at the Wismar side of the bridge, however, no other skeletal remains were found along with it. Lord noted that Police ranks received an anonymous call at about 13:00h indicating that there was what was suspected to be the skeletal remain at the location. Ranks upon responding went to the location where it was discovered.last_img read more

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Businessman charged for killing wife

first_imgBody in shallow grave…Businessman Ryan Sugrim was on Monday hauled before Magistrate Zameena Ali at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court to answer to the capital offence of murder.The 38-year-old man was charged for the murder of Zaila Sugrim. The charge stated that between May 11 and May 14, at La Union, West Coast Demerara, he killed Sugrim, his estranged wife. Zaila Sugrim’s body, which was burnt, was found in a shallow grave with a gunshot wound.Sugrim was represented by Attorney-at-Law Sanjeev Datadin, who informed the court that his client did not confess to the murder. He also said that his client never led Police to the spot where the body was found. The lawyer also asked the Magistrate to warn the media to cease from publishing what he described as “inaccurate” information. The Magistrate, however, only listened to the lawyer’s submission but did not grant his request for the media to be warned.Magistrate Ali remanded Sugrim to prison and the case will continue on June 25, 2019, at the Lenora Magistrate’s Court.Reports are Zaila Sugrim was last seen at the Vreed-en-Hoop Stelling on May 11, 2019, when she allegedly entered a motorcar with her estranged husband.Sugrim left her brother’s Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD) house, where she had been living for the past eight months, to be picked up by her estranged husband to visit the businessman’s home where she was expected to celebrate her eldest child’s birthday. However, by nightfall, the family became worried since it was very unusual for her not to call if she was out for long periods.Her brother, Ahmad Haniff, grew worried and called her cellphone but the phone was turned off. Repeated attempts to reach Sugrim on her mobile proved futile and other family members confirmed that they had not heard from the woman.On May 12, 2019, the worried brother visited the Diamond Police Station where he filed a missing persons’ report. In the company of several Police Officers, a visit was made to his sister’s estranged husband’s home but they were informed that he had not seen Zaila nor did he want anything to do with her.Reports are close relatives reportedly inspected CCTV footage of the home but a particular time period was deleted. This was reported to Sugrim’s relatives, who in turn informed Police ranks. This led to ranks swooping down on the suspect’s La Grange, WBD property where a search was carried out, however, nothing was found.After relatives made additional reports at the Diamond Police Station, another group of ranks swooped down on the suspect’s Crane home.It was not until a search of the suspect’s motorcar was conducted by the police that they received a break in the case after blood was allegedly spotted in the car’s trunk. This prompted Police to arrest the suspect and impound the car.After much interrogation, the suspect allegedly broke down and reportedly informed the investigators that he had buried the body in a shallow grave near his home.Ryan Sugrim being escorted by Police at Leonora Magistrate’s Court on MondayDead: Zaila Sugrimlast_img read more

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GTT cannot unilaterally change billing system – PUC

first_imgThe Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has reached a conclusion on the complaints which were filed against the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) by Ramon Gaskin, questioning why the company’s monthly invoice was unilaterally changed without prior information and why he was forced to use the internet to access other information.Complainant Ramon Gaskin during the hearing as he shows the new billing systemIn a document dated October 11, the Commission clarified that the consumers should decide on such changes, rather than a unilateral modification.Gaskin, who is a customer of the company, stated that his tax invoice for the month of May was changed, and consequently, there was an exclusion of the substantive billing information which had been in previous bills.He alleged that upon an enquiry with GTT, he was informed that the information omitted could be viewed online. The complainant, further in his complaint, stated that he had no access to online facilities and that GTT was in effect forcing him to seek such facilities. He also noted that he was not aware of the PUC approving this change of billing format.On September 12, a hearing was facilitated between the complainant, the utility company and the Guyana Consumer Association in which the Commission was enlightened on their explanations.In delivering its decision, the PUC asserted that the company failed to provide prior notification to its consumers and did not seek to inform the Commission of this change in this paperless operation.GTT’s CEO, Justin Nedd“The Commission frowns on the company and records its concern that the company sought to introduce the paperless facility and the company, by its own admission, failed to provide prior notification and failed to launch an effective educational campaign for the benefit of the public. At no time did the company seek to notify the Commission of its intention to embark upon a paperless regime.”As such, GTT was ordered to dispatch detailed caller information on paper bills with effect of November 1, 2019. Adding to that, consumers will have a chance whether they want to continue with the paper billing or opt for the online option.It stated, “That unless notified otherwise by consumers, GT&T shall dispatch to all business and residential consumers, paper bills which shall include the detailed Calling Party Pay call fables and overseas call details…That all consumers who had received the new billing format issued from May 2019 be notified in their bills issued in November 2019, of the choice to opt-out of paperless billing and such choice should be with immediate effect upon indication from the consumer. The option to cancel online billings and resume paper billings should be clearly stated by GT&T on any of their online portal.”Adding to that, the company was asked to ensure that the billing platform for paperless activities is accessed in time. If there is any failure on GTT’s part to do so, all paperless consumers must be dispatched with a hardcopy bill.“That the company shall ensure that its billing platform from which such paperless billings are accessed is uptime and experiences minimal latency. Should the platform fail during any billing period or cycle, the company is required to inform all paperless consumers and dispatch bills in hard copy to each consumer.”In the lengthy decision, the PUC mandated that any consumer who had received the new billing format with effect from May 2019 to date, and is desirous of receiving their detailed tax invoice, is to be issued same free of charge for each billing period as requested by the consumer. Public notices should also be prominently placed via the print and online media, and Short Messaging Service (SMS) notifying consumers of the new billing format and the choice to remain with paper billings.last_img read more

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Let’s not lie, my goal was better than Salah’s, says Ronaldo

first_imgThe 33-year-old Portuguese star lost out to former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric for the FIFA best player award and to Liverpool’s Salah for the Puskas Award for the best goal.Salah won the award for his curling strike against Everton in the Premier League in December.“I’m not disappointed, life is like that, sometimes you win and others lose, what interests me is that in 15 years of career I managed to maintain the same levels of performance,” Ronaldo said.“Awards are awards… I already have a lot. I play to win and not to win awards.”Five days after the awards ceremony in London — which he did not attend — five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo hailed his former Real teammate, saying: “Congratulations to everyone, to Modric, best player of the year according to FIFA.”Ronaldo scored his acrobatic goal in the Champions League quarter-finals against Juventus before joining the Serie A giants just months later.The reigning seven-time Italian champions take on Napoli in a top-of-the-table clash Saturday. Juventus lead Napoli by three points after six games.“It will be a good game, we want to win against a great team, it’s an important day,” added Ronaldo.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“My goal was better” – Cristiano Ronaldo says of losing out to Mohamed Salah for FIFA best goal award. © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Sep 29 – Cristiano Ronaldo believes the overhead bicycle kick he scored for Real Madrid against his current club Juventus last season was better than Mohamed Salah’s which won the FIFA goal of the year award.“Salah deserved to win the Puskas award, it was a good goal. But let’s be honest, let’s not lie to ourselves, my goal was the best,” Ronaldo told his 142 million Instagram followers.last_img read more

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Kerr backs Oluoch despite Sharks howler

first_imgBut, a mistake of their own saw them lose 2-1, Ivorian Ephraim Guikan wiping the blushes off his keeper’s face with a second half winner.And Kerr, who walked straight to the pitch at the half-time whistle seething with anger after the expensive error, seemed to have calmed down at full time with three points in the bag and backed his number one to retain his shirt for the next match.“I am glad Boniface conceded that goal because he’s better than that. It’s a mistake which he didn’t mean to commit. He will learn from that and get better. In the second half, he had a fantastic performance and made a good save to keep it 2-1,” the tactician said after the match.He followed that up on his official Twitter feed where he re-affirmed his faith in the shot-stopper, complete with a photo captioned ‘my number one’.The coach admitted to being frustrated with the performance of his team especially after Sharks had equalized via Oluoch’s howler, but he noted he had to rotate his team so as to build on his depth and give everyone an equal chance to perform.Gor Mahia players walking out of the pitch during half time during their Kenyan Premier League match against Kariobangi Sharks on February 25, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“I don’t know what’s going through the players’ minds. The trip from Equatorial Guinea two days to the game obviously didn’t help us much. In the first half we are cruising at 1-0 then all over sudden we want to do difficult things with the ball instead of keeping it simple,” lamented the coach.He also attributed some of the questionable performances to nerves with most of the players fielded on Sunday earning rare chances to start.“Credit to the guys and I hope they see now how my standards are and how their standards should be.” The coach added.Gor went second in the Kenyan Premier League standings after the nervy 2-1 win, sitting on nine points, one short of leaders Mathare United who have played a match more.The record 16-time league champions will have an opportunity to return to the summit on Wednesday when they play their match in hand against former champions Tusker FC at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr issuing instructions to his charges during their KPL match against Kariobangi Sharks at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on February 25, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 26- Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr says he still trusts goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch 100 percent despite his howler against Kariobangi Sharks at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday.Sharks were in line for a valuable point and probably all three after Oluoch let a simple harmless freekick from Bolton Omwenga spill between his legs to tie the game 1-1 at the break.last_img read more

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Leeds United starlet set to complete £6.25million move to Sampdoria

first_img targets REVEALED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Leeds United starlet Ronaldo Vieira is set to leave the club. TOP WORK Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade three-way race LATEST LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets RANKED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star IN DEMAND Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January moving on Vieira, 20, has made 68 Championship appearances for Leeds having joined the club after a spell at Benfica’s academy.He was named the club’s Young Player of the Year in 2016/17 but is now going to embark on a new venture in Italy.The fee will go some way to helping the club as they splash the cash on three players with Barry Douglas joining from Wolverhampton Wanderers, Patrick Bamford signing from Middlesbrough and Jack Harrison arriving on loan.Sampdoria’s move for Vieira is not though to affect their bid for West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Latest Transfer News Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Sampdoria are set to sign Leeds United midfielder Ronaldo Vieira in a £6.25million deal, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.The England Under-21 international is to travel to Genoa and complete a medical this evening to seal the transfer. 1 Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signinglast_img read more

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Using Internet for evangelism

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bloggers at the conference stressed, however, that they don’t want Christians to put aside their beliefs to appease non-Christians. During one well-attended workshop titled “When Non-Christians Read Your Blog,’ Biola professor Timothy Muehlhoff instructed people on how to write about their faith without alienating nonbelievers. He stressed that God blogging has the potential to be a “train wreck’ because done wrong, it can reinforce stereotypes of evangelical Christians as angry and close-minded “pit bulls of the culture wars.’ “We need to write in such a way that people can see themselves presented as … complex people who aren’t monsters,’ said Muehlhoff, who studied conflict between homosexual students and conservative Christians at his previous post at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. “As Christians today we are embroiled in the argument culture and we have forgotten this one thing: `Blessed are the peacemakers.’ Wouldn’t it be nice if we could say we brought a level of civility back to the conversation?’ Other conference participants said they were concerned with the lack of interaction between the Christian online community and the traditional church and worried that someday the online church would replace physical congregations. Still others predicted that would never happen, but they said bloggers could play a role in reforming the modern church by keeping televangelists and other high-profile Christian leaders honest. Carter compared blogging to the 95 Theses posted by Martin Luther nearly 500 years ago that launched the Protestant Reformation. “It’s like putting 95 blogs out there,’ said Carter, who said in an earlier interview that God bloggers offer an “uncensored and unadulterated’ view of contemporary Christian thought on politics and organized religion that isn’t reflected in the mainstream media. Jackson said he wasn’t as sure what long-term influence blogging would have on evangelical Christians but he knew it would have an important one. “We are just at the beginning of what is going on. We need to start thinking about how we can harness and focus the Christian blogosphere for greater impact,’ he said. “What we do and how that takes shape is up for discussion.’ AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I think there is more and more a voice in the blogosphere against partisan politics and a voice toward public policy, social action issues and justice issues,’ said Jackson, who was a panelist at the Biola conference. That change is in part because bloggers are realizing the tremendous influence they can have and how that influence can be misdirected and misunderstood, he said. “There is a voice of caution and that is even coming from those who would self-identify as Republicans. Partisan politics is not what informs our faith. The Bible is what informs our faith,’ he said. Bloggers are beginning to take on more unifying issues such as religious persecution, human trafficking and oppressive poverty, said Joe Carter, a panelist and author of evangelicaloutpost.com who came from Deerfield, Ill., for the conference. “With blogging you tend to break out of those circles and you see other points of view,’ said Carter, 36. “There’s a bigger world out there than gay marriage and abortion.’ center_img What would Jesus blog? That and other pressing questions drew dozens of Christians to Biola University this weekend for what was billed as the first-ever national conference for “God bloggers,’ a growing community of online writers who exchange information and analyze current events from a Christian perspective. The three-day conference at Biola, which ends today, marked an important organizational benchmark for Christian bloggers, who have worked behind the scenes for several years to spread the Gospel and infuse politics with religion. It was the first time many of the 135 bloggers met face-to-face, and organizers took the opportunity to address sometimes controversial questions surrounding the future of the Christian blogosphere. Topics included God bloggers’ relationship with the traditional church, their growing influence on mainstream politics and how to manage outsiders’ perceptions. Many bloggers are now putting less emphasis on hot-button issues such as abortion, assisted suicide and homosexuality. Instead, they are writing about religious oppression, poverty and world hunger, said Andrew Jackson, a seminary professor and pastor at the Word of Grace Church in Mesa, Ariz., who blogs daily at smartchristian.com. last_img
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